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BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD

February 6, 2019

Here are the South Dakota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb. 9-11:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-PURSUING NURSING CAREER

ABERDEEN, S.D. _ A nurse in South Dakota is advancing her career through Avera programs. Sarah Siebert got a job working as a patient service representative at the Avera Fast Care Clinic at Shopko after graduating from college in 2008. She decided to go back to school in 2011 and enrolled in the licensed practical nurse program at Presentation College. Because Avera has a tuition reimbursement plan, much of the cost of her college was covered. By Katherine Grandstrand, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 698 words.

EXCHANGE-AUTISM TREATMENTS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Some insurance plans through Sanford Health and Avera Health lost coverage of effective, evidence-based autism treatments and families who lost therapy for their loved ones have asked South Dakota lawmakers to intervene. Sanford and Avera officials point to an exemption in a South Dakota law which allows them to halt coverage of the treatment for holders of their individual and small-group plans. Krystal Trull and other parents wasted little time in enlisting the help of legislators. By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 769 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-IMPROVING DRUG COURTS

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A recovering addict in South Dakota has been thinking of ways to solve the state’s methamphetamine problem. Jay Erickson, 45, has developed proposals based on his years of experience as a recovering meth addict, drug court participant and prisoner. With the South Dakota legislative session in full swing, politicians and criminal justice officials are also looking for ways to address widespread meth use and its contribution to crime and crowded jails and prisons. By Arielle Zionts, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1878 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

WATERTOWN, S.D. _ A South Dakota mother has started an online support group for families facing learning disabilities. A few years ago, Ashley Holida of Watertown, learned her two children had sensory processing disorder. On Jan. 25 she launched the Facebook site Watertown Support Group for SPD, autism and learning disabilities. The interest has been growing. So far 80 families have joined her site. They’re asking questions and assisting each other as best they can. By J.T. Fey, Watertown Public Opinion. SENT IN ADVANCE: 655 words.

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